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Bob Dole Worked Behind the Scenes on Trump-Taiwan Call

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:51:01 GMT

Former Senator Bob Dole, shown in November 2015, has been working as a lobbyist with the Washington law firm Alston & Bird.The former senator turned lobbyist worked to establish the high-level contacts that led the president-elect to call the president of Taiwan last week.

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Trump Fires Adviser’s Son From Transition for Spreading Fake News

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:46:48 GMT

Michael G. Flynn, left, and his father, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, at Trump Tower in Manhattan last month.Michael G. Flynn, the son of the pick for national security adviser, had posted on Twitter about a fake Hillary Clinton story that led to an armed encounter in a pizzeria.

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In News, What’s Fake and What’s Real Can Depend on What You Want to Believe

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:56:48 GMT

Larry Laughlin, a retired business owner from Minnesota, said he felt alienated from conventional news media.Fake news has become a partisan tool, but people differ widely on their ability to discern what is real and what is fabrication.

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‘Cancel Order!’ Donald Trump Attacks Plans for Upgraded Air Force One

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:04:10 GMT

In a message that seemed to come out of the blue, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to object to Boeing’s plans for a next-generation presidential plane.

Trump Again Slams Costs of Air Force One

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:38:39 GMT

President-elect Donald J. Trump, asked about a Twitter post he sent on canceling a Boeing contract to build a new Air Force One, said that the costs were “ridiculous” and that “Boeing is doing a little bit of a number.”

Feature: Life in Obamacare’s Dead Zone

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:00:02 GMT

Shanette Smith and her daughter Madison.Excluded from the Affordable Care Act because of politics, thousands of poor Americans grapple with the toll — physical and psychological — of being uninsured.

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Health Insurers List Demands if Affordable Care Act Is Killed

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:08:32 GMT

Demonstrators rallied in support of the Affordable Care Act in June in Washington.One of two large trade groups publicly outlined for the first time what its members want if they are to stay in the state marketplaces.

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Courts Disagree Over Michigan Vote Recount

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:59:09 GMT

Voters on election night in Michigan. A panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals said Jill Stein had not met the state’s requirements for a recount because she had no chance of winning.Dueling court rulings left the fate of a presidential vote recount uncertain as officials in the state said they were “seeking clarity about the next steps.”

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Rallying in North Carolina, Donald Trump Formally Introduces James Mattis

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:43:37 GMT

The president-elect appeared in Fayetteville with General Mattis, his nominee for defense secretary, whom he called “one of the most effective generals” in decades.

Donald Trump Summons Tech Leaders to a Round-Table Meeting

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:26:27 GMT

Peter Thiel, left, at Trump Tower in New York on Monday. His role is to formulate a tech policy for the Trump administration.During the presidential race, Silicon Valley leaders shunned Mr. Trump and all he stood for. Next week, they’ll meet in New York.

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Iran’s President Says Donald Trump Can’t Tear Up Nuclear Pact

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:04:42 GMT

In a nationally televised speech, President Hassan Rouhani said: “America is our enemy; we have no doubt about this. The Americans want to put as much pressure on us as they can.”

Wells Fargo Killing Sham Account Suits by Using Arbitration

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:07:12 GMT

Jennifer Zeleny is suing Wells Fargo in federal court in Utah, along with about 80 other customers, over unauthorized accounts.As the bank reels in the court of public opinion, it has been able to stop lawsuits from defrauded customers by moving the cases to arbitration.

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Jubilant Libyan Militias Declare Victory Over ISIS in Surt

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:10:44 GMT

A Libyan fighter allied with the United Nations-backed government waved the country’s flag from the ruins of a house in Surt after militias said they had driven out the Islamic State.The apparent end to the battle was another defeat for the Islamic State as its ambitions for a militant empire buckle on multiple fronts.

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Angela Merkel Calls for Ban on Full-Face Veils in Germany

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:03:45 GMT

Accepting her party’s nomination as their candidate for another four-year term, the chancellor also made a promise that Shariah law would never replace German justice.

Like Trump, Europe’s Populists Win Big With Rural Voters

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:26:41 GMT

“This area has always been conservative, always,” Joszef Grochowski, mayor of Kulesze Koscielne, said. “The ethos of the people who live here is work and faith.”Anti-establishment parties are on the move, tapping into rural discontent and exploiting rural resentments against urban residents viewed as elites.

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Rising Prices in Oakland Push Artists Into Risky Housing

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:15:49 GMT

Rescue workers on Tuesday continued sifting through the damage of the Ghost Ship in Oakland, Calif., where at least 36 people died in a fire during a concert Friday night.Industrial properties have been artists’ havens for decades, but a search for cheap housing can lead to unsafe spaces.

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Oakland Fire Victims Included Performers and Educators

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:24:37 GMT

A memorial near the site of the fire in Oakland, Calif.As the coroner began releasing the victims’ names, friends and family members remembered their loved ones as “honorable” and “ferociously brilliant.”

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Your Daily Mini Crossword

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 08:18:20 GMT

Solve a bite-size crossword in just a few minutes.

Justice on a Floating Courtroom

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:30:46 GMT

Climb aboard a judge’s riverboat court as it travels through the Amazon.

Personal Health: Cold Hands May Signal Raynaud’s Phenomenon

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:00:12 GMT

The condition, affecting up to 5 percent of the population, is uncomfortable but not necessarily dangerous.

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Turning Points: Marie Kondo: How to Choose Happiness

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:12:05 GMT

In a messy and chaotic world, removing the clutter from our lives gives us focus.

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Saudis Bankroll Taliban, Even as King Officially Supports Afghan Government

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:00:37 GMT

A hilltop overlooking Kabul, where a $100 million Saudi-funded mosque and education complex was to be built. Construction was scheduled for completion this year, but the hilltop site remains a dusty lot where boys fly kites and drug addicts crouch beside a cemetery wall.Saudi Arabia has voiced support for American efforts to nourish Afghanistan’s democracy, but it has also lavishly funded Sunni extremism under various guises.

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A Bigger Economic Pie, but a Smaller Slice for Half of the U.S.

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:01:11 GMT

Samantha Cadena and her daughters await free back-to-school supplies in Los Angeles.In 35 years, the U.S. economy has more than doubled, but new research shows close to zero growth for working-age adults in the bottom 50 percent of income.

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Economic Scene: A Dilemma for Humanity: Stark Inequality or Total War

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:30:58 GMT

President Obama’s policies raised taxes on the rich, but still managed to increase the slice of income going to the poorest fifth of families by just 0.6 of a percentage point, to a grand total of 4 percent.Drawing on history, Walter Scheidel of Stanford argues in a coming book that only all-out war might fundamentally alter how resources are distributed.

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Joe McKnight Shooting: Man Is Charged Days Later in Fatal ‘Road Rage’

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:49:11 GMT

The body of Joe McKnight lay between vehicles in Terrytown, La., on Thursday.Ronald Gasser, who admitted to killing the former N.F.L. player, was arrested on Monday and charged with manslaughter after the police initially freed him.

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Children’s Headphones May Carry Risk of Hearing Loss

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:30:21 GMT

Half of 30 sets of so-called noise-limiting headphones and earbuds tested did not restrict volume as much as their manufacturers promised.

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Earthquake Rocks Indonesia's Aceh Province; At Least 25 Dead

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:54:53 GMT

A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people and causing dozens of buildings to collapse.

New York City Has 5 Babies Born With Zika-Related Brain Issue

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:01:20 GMT

Dr. Mary T. Bassett, center, the New York City health commissioner, at a July news conference about Zika with Dr. Jay K. Varma, deputy commissioner commissioner for disease control, and Dr. Herminia Palacio, deputy mayor for health and human services.Health officials sent doctors an alert warning them to continue warning women who are or may become pregnant about travel to areas where the virus is spreading.

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Obama, in Major National Security Speech, Defends Counterterrorism Legacy

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:29:32 GMT

Speaking at MacDill Air Force Base, President Obama defended his approach to fighting wars while thwarting terrorist plots and protecting civil liberties.

Battle Over New Bus Terminal Threatens to Paralyze Port Authority’s Board

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:32:34 GMT

No decisions have been made about how or where to replace the 66-year-old Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, which is overrun by over 115,000 daily commuters from New Jersey and beyond.A nasty debate over how to pay for the terminal has spilled out in public and has drawn in city and state officials from New Jersey and New York, with accusations flying on both sides.

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Huffington Post Hires Senior New York Times Editor

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:22:25 GMT

Lydia Polgreen at The New York Times in Manhattan. She wants to help The Huffington Post return to its reporting roots.Lydia Polgreen, who was overseeing The Times’s global expansion, will replace Arianna Huffington as the site’s top editor.

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The Top Political Tweets and Hashtags of 2016

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:17:17 GMT

Hillary and Bill Clinton at her concession speech in New York on Nov. 9.Twitter announced the year’s biggest topics and tweets in news and politics, but matters of identity and safety were also prominent.

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Coached by the Zen Master, the Knicks Try Mindfulness

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:51:00 GMT

Phil Jackson, president of the New York Knicks, leads the team’s mindfulness sessions. The player Carmelo Anthony calls him “the mindfulness voice-over.”Phil Jackson, who introduced mindfulness exercises after becoming team president, now leads the sessions himself.

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Man Who Hacked Celebrities’ Email Accounts Gets 5 Years in Prison

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:24:09 GMT

Alonzo Knowles, 24, stole unreleased music and movie and television scripts, as well as nude images, and tried to sell them for thousands of dollars.

Beyoncé Leads With 9 Grammy Nominations

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:53:14 GMT

Beyoncé in May at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.Drake and Rihanna are each up for eight awards, Chance the Rapper has seven nominations, and Adele is up for five, including the top three categories.

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Instagram Introduces New Tools Meant to Curb Abuse and Expand Privacy

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:29:05 GMT

Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s co-founder and chief executive, at an event in 2013.Instagram users will soon be able to remove comments and filter out certain followers.

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A Proposal for a Canadian National Bird Ruffles Feathers

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:13:10 GMT

The gray jay is the Royal Canadian Geographic Society’s choice for Canada’s national bird.The Royal Canadian Geographic Society assembled experts who chose the little-seen gray jay, though the popular vote went for the loon.

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Roman Polanski Extradition Request Rejected by Poland’s Supreme Court

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:09:17 GMT

Roman Polanski at a court hearing in Krakow, Poland, in 2015. The Krakow prosecutor’s office had sought Mr. Polanski’s extradition on behalf of the United States.The Oscar-winning filmmaker is wanted in the United States over a decades-old conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

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Cookbooks: The Year’s Best Baking Cookbooks: Radical Ideas, Classic Treats

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:13:55 GMT

Three of Melissa Clark’s favorite baking cookbooks this year.Six dessert books push the genre into new territory.

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Restaurant Review: At Aska, a Nordic Chef’s Vision Bears Fruit (and Lichens)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:20:07 GMT

For Fredrik Berselius, a third Brooklyn restaurant proves to be the charm, with a tasting menu of startling combinations.

Pursuits: Ann Patchett’s Guide for Bookstore Pilgrims

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:00:03 GMT

Ann Patchett at her bookstore, Parnassus Books, in Nashville, with one of her shop dogs.If bookstores are a must on your travel itinerary, Ann Patchett has a road map for you.

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The Neediest Cases: ‘I Want to Kiss America’: A Woman Who Fled Nazis, Then Russia, Makes a Life in Brooklyn

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:00:02 GMT

Polina Davydova, 77, at her home in Brooklyn. Fearing for the safety of her children, she left Russia for the United States in 1992.Polina Davydova was 3 when her family escaped the Nazis, and 53 when she left Russia. Now 77 and in failing health, she is grateful for the generosity of her new country.

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